La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia


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When Is the Best Time

When Is the Best Time

The inside looks best with sunlight. It's the most popular place in Barcelona with 3 Million visitors each year. Thus it's crowded most of the time. The waiting lines are long. Most of the time it takes 1-2 hours until you get to the gates. Different ways to avoid the crowds are going at different times and buying the ticket online (read below).

The best time to visit La Sagrada Familia is in the morning combined with a visit during the week. Be there right before 9 a.m. to avoid waiting lines and crowds. 

Avoiding Tourist Crowds 
  1. Go mid-week, avoid weekends if possible. Combine it with being there early in the morning right before 9 AM. It's not unusual that early visitors wait a couple of minutes only till they get in. If you visit outside peak season and go mid-week, you could also try the late afternoon when the light is even more perfect. In general, it's a little less busy in low season from October/November until March.
  2. Buy online tickets in advance. With your ticket and an ID you skip the waiting lines and go directly to the meeting point (not the entrance gates). Then a tour guide will walk you past the queues.

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Where and Tips


Experience the luminous, colourful glas windows and light-flooded Basilica inside. Be surprised by the extraordinary, modern composition with stylistic elements taken from nature. Antoni Gaudi developed this extraordinary design and the constructions started in 1882. Although the Basilica has eye-catching spires and is suitable for the sacred celebrations, it is still not completed. Constructions may last for another 10 years - especially for the central spire that Gaudi planned to be about 170 m high. Below you can find photos from the inside as well as the outside.

Opening Hours
  • November to February: 9 AM to 6 PM
  • March: 9 AM to 7 PM
  • April to September: 9 AM to 8 PM
  • October: 9 AM to 7 PM
  • Special: December 25, 26, and January 1 and 6: 9 AM to 2 PM


Best Hotel Close By

AYRE HOTEL ROSELLÓN. Amazing view of Sagrada Familia from the rooftop: Just perfect for additional photos. Spacious and modern rooms, clean, quiet. Breakfast included.




Light is very important . Anyway, it is one of the most popular places in Barcelona. Therefore I'd buy tickets in advance.

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